Cashman was brutally honest as usual when it came to the backup catcher situation. Russell Martin is back in the lineup after missing seven of the last eight games. Francisco Cervelli, who has struggled offensively and defensively, had subbed for him. Cashman wants top catching prospect Jesus Montero to play. That’s why he isn’t being brought up to back up Martin and get occasional DH at-bats.
“Is Montero better than Cervelli? Yes he is,” Cashman said.
In one respect, what Brian Cashman said is completely understandable. Montero is their top prospect and would certainly benefit by playing everyday, especially defensively.
However, Martin has been pretty banged up and maybe they should be splitting time as co-catchers instead of having Montero as the backup. Martin is not only dealing with a back issue now, but he is still recovering from both knee and hip surgeries. When he was fresh in April he was hitting the cover off the ball, but after playing for nearly a month straight he has falling off quite a bit.
It’s hard to see how it would significantly hurt Montero’s development to play 45 of the next 90 games and it seems like it could do a lot toward keeping Martin healthy and productive. At the same time it would keep the Yankees from relying on such a poor backup catcher in Cervelli.